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    Is Your Drug Abuse Prevention Program Effective?

    Is Your Drug Abuse Prevention Program Effective?
    Employer programs for drug abuse prevention have three major goals. First, to keep drug abusers out of the work force by screening job applicants. Second, to deter employees from developing a drug abuse problem. And finally, to rehabilitate employees who have a drug abuse problem. However, employers should keep in mind that this last goal - rehabilitation - is the ultimate ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Connecticut Employment Laws

    Overview Basic Minimum Rate (per hour) Premium Pay After Designated Hours Daily Weekly $7.65 (Same as Federal) 40 More Info: In restaurants and hotel restaurants, for the 7th consecutive day of work, premium pay is required at time and one half the minimum rate. The Connecticut minimum wage rate automatically increases to 1/2 of 1 percent above the rate set in ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

    Synopsis: Covered employers must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons: • for the birth and care of the newborn child of the employee; • for placement with the employee of a son or daughter for adoption or foster care; • to ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Hiring Checklist

    Hiring Checklist Write a job description for the vacant position or review the old one, updating the duties required. Make a skills profile which lists the precise duties of the position and the skills needed to accomplish these duties in a minimally acceptable manner. Receive applications and evaluate them. Notify unqualified candidates. Rank qualified ones. Schedule interviews. Prepare specific open-ended ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

    Synposis: The ADA discrimination against "qualified individuals with disabilities." This includes applicants for employment and employees. An individual is considered to have a "disability" if s/he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. Persons discriminated against because they ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +6
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    The Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliated Act (COBRA)

    Synopsis: Congress passed the landmark Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) health benefit provisions in 1986. The law amends the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Internal Revenue Code and the Public Health Service Act to provide continuation of group health coverage that otherwise might be terminated. COBRA provides certain former employees, retirees, spouses, former spouses, and dependent children the right ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Six Strategies to Hire Right the First Time

    Six Strategies to Hire Right the First Time
    While hiring a new team member can be a shot in the dark, it doesn’t have to be. Follow these six simple strategies: Use an Up-To-Date (and accurate) Job Description A job description should reflect what the employee is to do on a regular, not daily, basis. It is not how the employee will be evaluated; rather, it should define what ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rate This
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    The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)

    Synopsis: The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is a federal law that sets minimum standards for retirement and health benefit plans in private industry. ERISA does not require any employer to establish a plan. It only requires that those who establish plans must meet certain minimum standards. ERISA covers retirement, health and other welfare benefit plans (e.g., life, ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Six Strategies to Hire Right the First Time

    Six Strategies to Hire Right the First Time
    While hiring a new team member can be a shot in the dark, it doesn’t have to be. Follow these six simple strategies: Use an Up-To-Date (and accurate) Job Description A job description should reflect what the employee is to do on a regular, not daily, basis. It is not how the employee will be evaluated; rather, it should define what ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

    Synopsis: HIPAA amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), to provide new rights and protections for participants and beneficiaries in group health plans. Understanding this amendment is important to your decisions about future health coverage. HIPAA contains protections both for health coverage offered in connection with employment (group health plans) and for individual insurance policies sold by insurance companies (individual ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

    Synopsis: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) , which prescribes standards for the basic minimum wage and overtime pay, affects most private and public employment. It requires employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-one-half-times the regular rate of pay. For nonagricultural operations, it restricts the hours that ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    In a Good Organization, There is no "Them"

    In a Good Organization, There is no "Them"
    In a viable organization, there is no “them.” Everyone in the organization is a part of “us,” and should be treated accordingly. If a clerical worker knows something that might help the CEO make better decisions for the company, the CEO wants to know about it. If the person who empties the wastebaskets spots a problem the vice president for marketing ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Laws

    The Federal laws prohibiting job discrimination are: a. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; b. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), which protects men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination; c. The Age ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Employee Engagement and Customer-Focus

    I found another study that demonstrates the strong link between employee engagement and the bottom line: this one from Watson Wyatt, a global consulting firm. (Note: I wrote previously about similar results from research conducted by Wharton and Towers Perrin.) Watson Wyatt’s 2007-2008 Global WorkAttitudes Report also examined the drivers of employee engagement across global regions and employee segments. Among its ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)

    Synopsis: Congress approved the National Labor Relations Act in 1935 to encourage a healthy relationship between private-sector workers and their employers, which policy makers viewed as vital to the national interest. The NLRA was designed to curtail work stoppages, strikes and general labor strife, which were viewed as harmful to the U.S. economy and to the nation’s general well-being. The NLRA ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This
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    How to Motivate

    How to Motivate
    “They just don’t get it! They won’t do what I know works. Heck, when I was young I took initiative, had drive, and worked my butt off to succeed. The young ones just aren’t built that way today.” You have heard or may have even latched on to this gross generalization. Instead of looking at our own leadership behavior we hold ...
    Published almost 9 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Managing Morale in Uncertain Times

    Managing Morale in Uncertain Times
    With the current economic turbulence, employees are walking on egg shells wondering about their jobs. Fears about job security abound, and managers in almost all economic sectors are grappling with the question: How do you bolster employee morale and confidence when the future is so uncertain? I found some great management advice that addresses this question. According to Melcrum’s Source for ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

    Synopsis: To assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women; by authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act; by assisting and encouraging the States in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health; and for other purposes.
    Published about 9 years ago | Rated: -1
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    Interview with an Attitude Adjuster

    How many people do you know who use “Attitude Adjuster” as a business title? Kevin Burns does. He specializes in Corporate Personal Development, helping companies develop their people in order to develop better and stronger organizations. His work is based on the premise “that business gets better when the people in the business get better.” I met Kevin earlier this year ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Immigration and Nationality Act

    Synopsis: The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) includes provisions addressing employment eligibility, employment verification, and nondiscrimination. These provisions apply to all employers. Basic Provisions/Requirements: Under the INA, employers may hire only persons who may legally work in the United States (i.e., citizens and nationals of the U.S.) and aliens authorized to work in the U.S. The employer must verify the identity ...
    Published about 9 years ago | Rate This

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?